CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of E5-2603 v3 vs 4690K among all CPUs

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Sky Diver and Cloud Gate

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

8.7

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i5 4690K 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i5 4690K  based on its performance, single-core performance and value.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Xeon E5-2603 v3

Reasons to consider the
Intel Xeon E5-2603 v3

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Significantly more l3 cache 15 MB vs 6 MB 2.5x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Supports more RAM 786,432 MB vs 32,768 MB Supports 24x more RAM
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 2 vs 1 Twice as many CPUs in SMP configuration
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Significantly more l3 cache per core 2.5 MB/core vs 1.5 MB/core More than 65% more l3 cache per core
More cores 6 vs 4 2 more cores; run more applications at once
More threads 6 vs 4 2 more threads
Newer Jul, 2014 vs Apr, 2014 Release date 3 months later
Front view of Intel Core i5 4690K

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Much higher clock speed 3.5 GHz vs 1.6 GHz Around 2.2x higher clock speed
Much better performance per dollar 3.95 pt/$ vs 0.81 pt/$ More than 4.8x better performance per dollar
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.51 GHz vs 1.68 GHz Around 2.8x better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 2,237 vs 938 Around 2.5x better PassMark (Single core) score
Much better performance per watt 10.77 pt/W vs 2.14 pt/W More than 5x better performance per watt
Better PassMark score 7,767 vs 5,140 More than 50% better PassMark score
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.58 GHz vs 1.6 GHz More than 2.8x better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon E5-2603 v3 vs Core i5 4690K

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon E5-2603 v3
15,585.5
Core i5 4690K
11,924

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon E5-2603 v3
2,265 MB/s
Core i5 4690K
5,060,000 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon E5-2603 v3  vs
Core i5 4690K 
Clock speed 1.6 GHz 3.5 GHz
Cores Hexa core Quad core

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing Yes No
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
EM64T
SSE
SSE4.1
FMA3
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 85W 88W
Annual home energy cost 20.48 $/year 21.2 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 74.46 $/year 77.09 $/year
Performance per watt 2.14 pt/W 10.77 pt/W
Typical power consumption 69.06W 71.5W

bus

Architecture QPI DMI 2.0
Number of links 2 0
Transfer rate 6,400 MT/s 5,000 MT/s

details

Xeon E5-2603 v3  vs
Core i5 4690K 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 6 4
L3 cache 15 MB 6 MB
L3 cache per core 2.5 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 2 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 72.8°C Unknown - 72.72°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 1.68 GHz 4.51 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 1.6 GHz 4.58 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 1.68 GHz 4.51 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Intel® HD Graphics 4600
Number of displays supported N/A 3
GPU clock speed N/A 350 MHz
Turbo clock speed N/A 1,200 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3L-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR4-1600
Channels Quad Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC Yes No
Maximum memory size 786,432 MB 32,768 MB
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